Note: PSC successfully completed the IDP BRIDGES doctoral program in 2017.

IDP BRIDGES is an Innovative Doctoral Program. It currently supports 14 PhD students who work in the most challenging areas of plant sciences. The program has two thematic areas: “Maintaining plant production for food through the advanced use of technologies” and “Ensuring sustainable land use and environmental protection”.

IDP BRIDGES aims to shape a new generation of academics, training them to push the boundaries of research and to put science-policy dialogue into action. Scholars in the program will develop skills in balancing rigorous scientific processes, evidence-based policy making, participatory processes in policy, evaluation of value judgments, and communicating risks and uncertainties.

The PhD fellows are enrolled in the PSC PhD Program Science & Policy. In addition to participating in the program’s science-policy training workshops, students receive tandem supervision by researchers in the PSC network and by representatives of policy-implementing organizations. Targeted internships further broaden the scope of the PhDs, allowing students to translate scientific results into outcomes at the science-policy or science-innovation interface.

This project received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no PITN-GA-2013-608422 – IDP BRIDGES. It is administered by the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center.


Meet our fellows and read about their projects.

The Training Program

IDP BRIDGES offers a rich complement of training in plant sciences, policy, and transferable skills to its fellows.  The program also includes workshops and retreats developed especially for IDP BRIDGES participants.  See the list of training activities.

Program Administration and Contact

IDP BRIDGES students are enrolled at ETH Zurich, University of Zurich or University of Basel, in accordance to their supervisors' lab affiliation. Candidates participate in the PSC PhD Program Science and Policy.

As part of each their research project, PhD students complete internships of 2-6 months duration in Switzerland, Europe, USA, Africa or Asia.

For questions regarding the program, please contact the program officer:

Luisa Last